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The Suez Crisis (Routledge Sources in History) [Paperback]

Anthony Gorst , Lewis Johnman
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12 Dec 1996 0415114500 978-0415114509
This introduction to Suez covers the background to the crisis, the invasion, and its aftermath. The Suez-Crisis provides:
* key documents, as primary sources, incorporated in the text
* an extensive range of other source material, including images
* analysis of the significance of the sources discussed, and their usefulness as historical evidence
* commentary on the historical context of the crisis
* an analysis of the wider implications of the crisis, particularly for Britain

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (12 Dec 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415114500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415114509
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 16.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Universale Company of the Suez Maritime Canal was formed in December 1858 by Ferdinand de Lesseps who had in 1854 gained from Mohamed said the Viceroy of Egypt - Egypt then being part of the Ottoman Empire and nominally ruled by the Turkish Sultan - ninety-nine-year concession to dig and operate a sea-level canal through the isthmus of Suez to link the Mediterranean and Red Seas. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 17 Jun 2004
By Jessica
An excellent, in depth and easy to understand account of the Suez War. Gives excellent and up to date source material without irrelevence. A must have for anyone who wants to see the 'facts' as it were, and extracts from primary sources.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for primary source material on the conflict 18 Jun 2014
By Keith A. Preble - Published on
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I just wrote a thesis on The Suez Canal crisis. I would advise that you steer clear of the Kindle version of this text as it is hard to follow and understand what parts of the book were primary sources and which part was commentary by the authors. I ended up finding a second-hand copy of the print book which was much easier to use. I wish that the book focused on other "players" in the conflict, such as the French, Americans, Egyptians and even the Italians (there are some great Italian sources that document events of the Suez Crisis). I found this book helpful in understanding how the crisis unfolded and British reactions to the many events that were taking place.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good sources and analysis 6 April 2013
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I used this book for history class as I did a source analysis portfolio about the Pan-Arabism and it's contribution to the cause of the Suez Crisis.
This book has excellent primary sources with useful explanations. I would recommend this book to anyone studying the Arab-Israeli conflict.
In addition, it arrived very fast and was in perfect, new conditions.
4.0 out of 5 stars Review 27 Dec 2008
By M. Fredericks - Published on
The book, The Suez Crisis, by Anthony Gorst and Lewis Johnman is a brief yet succinct book that describes and documents a turning point in British history. The Suez Canal crisis is thought to have been a radical catalyst by which Britain lost her status as a world power. The main focus of this book is the "post-war decline from great power status"(xi.) and the economics behind the crisis. The authors write, "Suez highlights the central fact of post-war British history that it no longer possessed an economy that was capable of sustaining a great power role..."(xi.) The views expressed in this book describe the reasons behind the economic decline in Britain, decline that is closely linked to decolonization in Africa, post-war economies, and the Suez crisis. The authors, however, do not present the Suez crisis as the turning point that changed the course of Britain's history. They discuss the domestic and external policies of Britain to address the decline of the great world power. This book is a compilation of primary sources and photographs of the era and includes opinions of the authors. Gorst and Johnman provide background information to the crisis-including the reasoning behind Britain's interest in the Middle East, information of the crisis itself, and the resulting aftermath.
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